Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira spp.): a potential novel feed source for pasture-based dairy cows

Otto, J.R., and Malau-Aduli, A.E.O. (2017) Spirulina platensis (Arthrospira spp.): a potential novel feed source for pasture-based dairy cows. Journal of Fisheries & Livestock Production, 5 (3).

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The Australian dairy industry is heavily reliant on pasture as the main feed base for milk production. However, dietary energy intake is limited in pasture-based dairy systems and lactating cows tend to suffer from negative energy balance due to insufficient dry matter intake. As a result, low milk production and reproduction performances occur later on in the cow’s life-cycle. Spirulina is a highly nutritious feed source rich in proteins, lipids, minerals and vitamins, thus meeting the criteria as a potential and novel alternative feed source for the dairy industry. To our current knowledge, experimental and anecdotal information on the productive response of pasture-based dairy cows to the inclusion of Spirulina to lactating diets is lacking and warrants further elucidation. There is the need to understand the influence of Spirulina inclusion in a lactating cow’s diet on lactation and Live-weight parameters. This paper reviews the past and present research results on the effect of supplementation with Spirulina on animal production outcomes, summarises identified knowledge gaps and highlights future directions for research in the dairy industry.

Item ID: 53152
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2332-2608
Keywords: spirulina; dairy cows; lactation; live-weight; milk fatty acid
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© 2017 Otto JR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2018 23:28
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0702 Animal Production > 070201 Animal Breeding @ 50%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830302 Dairy Cattle @ 100%
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